The smell of freshly baked bread
There really isn't anything like the smell of fresh bread that's just come out of the breadmaker. Today I thought I would share a bread recipe that I used to use when living at home, and still use today. It's also very easy to adapt to different flavours.
The Basic Bread
Into your breadmaker add:
- 2.5 cups of high grade flour (you can use standard flour if you don't have high grade, it just makes a better loaf with high grade)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon breadmaker yeast (on colder days I use a bit more, and also use more depending on the brand of yeast - my current batch needs about 5 teaspoons to make the bread rise)
- 1/4 cup of milk and 3/4 cup of water OR 1 tablespoon of milk powder and 1 cup of water
- Linseed and Poppy Seed Bread - add 1 tablespoon each of whole linseed (flaxseed) and poppy seeds
- Bacon and Cheese Bread - add 1 tablespoon of dried bacon bits OR 1/4 cup cooked fresh bacon and 1/4 cup grated cheese. Just before the baking process starts, sprinkle over a tablespoon of grated parmesan or romano cheese
- Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Bread - add 1 tablespoon each of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
- Walnut Bread - add two tablespoons of chopped walnuts
- Wholemeal Bread - substitute 1 cup of white flour for 1 cup of wholemeal flour
- Country Grain Bread - add 1 tablespoon each of linseed, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
The variations are only limited to your imagination. Often I will just open the cupboard and put in a bunch of stuff that looks good! This loaf is linseed and poppy with a sprinkle of romano on top.